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Three Arlington police officers, chosen by the Massachusetts Police Association, have received medals for acts of courage in the line of duty.
Given medals at the MPA's 114th annual convention at the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth Harbor were officers Michael Foley, Scott Paradis and Brett Blanciforti, with their families present.
The Arlington officers are three of the eight police officers awarded the Medal of Valor statewide this year.
"It is gratifying and humbling to watch three of our officers receive this great honor by such a well-respected organization," said Police Chief Frederick Ryan, who attended. "Police officers put themselves in harm’s way, oftentimes risking their lives, and the work of these eight officers is inspiring. I congratulate each officer on their well-deserved honors."
The association said the Medal of Valor is presented yearly to police officers from around the state who have risked their lives in the line of duty and have demonstrated courage and true professionalism.
Music keeps brewin' at Menotomy Grill.
Performing free (no cover) Thursday, Oct. 9, 9:30 to midnight, are featured artists Gordon "Sax" Beadle, a globe-trotting sax man featured on festivals all over Europe, with Leon Beal, an outstanding soul singer with hit tunes in Europe.
KEEPING WHAT'S OURS: Income, outgo Part 4
Reports filed with the town clerk's office by Oct. 27 show that the yes committee had $7,080 in receipts and $1,916.80 in expenses. The no committee had $2,400 in receipts and $906.54 in expenses.
The largest contribution to the yes group was $1,000 from Citizens for Community Preservation of 10 Milk St., Boston. The unit is part of the Community Preservation Coalition, which has helped municipalities understand, adopt and implement the CPA since 2001.
Arlington High School boys' varsity cross-country finished fourth and the JVs second in in a Middlesex League meet Monday, Oct. 27, at the Woburn Country Club.
Arlington will compete in the Coaches Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 1, in Wrentham, then will return the following Saturday for the Eastern Divisional race.
The Oct. 29 race was particularly important for Joe Hazelton. After a leaguewide meeting of coaches, it was determined that a run-off among five runners at the league meet would determine the final three spots of the Middlesex League All-Stars. Hazelton’s performance secured all-star recognition, joining junior Andrew Peterson, Nate Werst and eight other league runners.
Voters in Arlington registered as Democrats have, in the words of President Kennedy, "passed a torch to a new generation" -- to those with no party affiliation.
The history-making trend began in the registration count for the town election in April 2013, when those known as "unenrolled" edged town Democrats by a mere 12. In the six voter counts since then, the spread has increased each time. In the latest numbers, completed in October, unenrolled now outnumber Democrats by 359. In August, the spread was 288.
When YourArlington last checked voter registration in town, in 2011, Democrats still were on top, by 860.
As was true in 2011, registered Republicans continue to trail the top registrants by a large margin. The current GOP registration (2,024) is at its lowest number in any year for the party going back to 1956.
As the public prepares for the Nov. 4 general electi0n, checks of records in the town clerk's office shows how the face of Arlington voters has changed. Records dating to the mid-1950s portray these broad strokes:
UPDATED, Oct. 29: What will become of the former Disabled American Veterans Club at 1207 Mass. Ave.?
Sold with proceeds helping to fund renovation of the Stratton School? Turned into a co-working space to jump-start innovation? A place for the town veterans' services or affordable housing?
These were among the uses suggested to selectmen Monday, Oct. 27, as 10 people spoke.
The public may submit comments about the vacated and in-need-of-repair site to the selectmen's office through Monday, Nov. 3.
After that, a working group will look over the proposals and make recommendations about the building, which the selectmen own. The matter will go to Town Meeting for discussion next spring.
"If the decision is to sell, I'll support it," Town Treasurer Stephen Gilligan said, adding he favors returning the site to town tax rolls and mitigating borrowing costs by applying proceeds to Stratton costs.
Charles Foskett, vice chair of the Finance Committee and chair of capital planning, echoed Gilligan, but with more detail.
Arlington-Belmont crew teams teams won the top trophy at the Massachusetts Public School Rowing Association fall championships on Sunday, Oct. 26.
A number of varsity and novice boats rowed the three-mile course on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester. Fifteen high school teams and 165 boats competed. With 15 top five finishes, A-B won.
The boys' novice and varsity teams took first place in the eights and captured the boys' team championship trophy for the third consecutive season.
The girls compiled the second highest points total among high school girls' teams.
Arlington has finally earned street cred as the dining destination we’ve always known it could be. But let’s be honest, sometimes you just wanna go where everybody knows your name.
The newest addition to our eclectic assortment of restaurants is Common Ground Bar & Grill, in the Center. On a recent Friday the joint was positively jumping by 6 p.m. Maybe we all sensed that this was one of the last balmy evenings of Indian summer and the fabulous open frontage, for which folks usually have to go to Cambridge or the North End, was beckoning passersby on the brick Broadway plaza. Or maybe it was the parents’ night out during the Ottoson Middle School dance. But the '80s music was sending 99 Luftballons over Arlington Center, and everybody was having a ball.
The delightful hostess chirped, "Hi, Lori!" before I’d even seen her. She happens to be a neighbor of ours, but I got the feeling she greeted everyone as warmly. We immediately felt at home and tucked into a cozy booth on the far wall. Our foursome placed an order of fries with our drinks so we could snack and peruse the menu a bit while catching up.
The house special IPA was deemed terrific, though it’s still a mystery whether it was local. The beer menu was impressive, even if they were out of the Pretty Things selection from Somerville. My friend declared the South African Chenin Blanc a winner, and cocktail menu interesting enough.
UPDATED, Oct. 30: Arlington (5-2) plans to forget the tough loss to Lexington and look ahead to the MIAA playoffs. The No. 4 Spy Ponders play at 7 p.m. at home on Halloween against No. 5 Wayland (4-3).
That game's winner plays the victor of the Concord-Carlisle-Burlington matchup.
"The kids received the message that everyone is now 0-0 and the regular season is ancient history," Head Coach John Dubzinski wrote Tuesday, Oct. 28. "We plan on playing our best football in November."
On Oct. 24, Lexington topped the Spy Ponders in overtime, 27-21.
Arlington Public News (APN), part of ACMi, Arlington's cable-TV channle, wants the public to prepare for their vote Tuesday, Nov. 4, and is broadcasting 13 candidate profiles and five debates.
Invitations were extended to every candidate on the ballot to come into the studio for candidate profiles and/or debates, and 13 candidates from a variety of races responded. Find all of the profiles at the links below.